I've seen a few comments and posts on here buyers having a big issue with sellers/brokers requesting an earnest money deposit as part of LOI terms. Is it really not market to not have an earnest money deposit in deals like these? I come from a real estate background, so my thinking from putting myself in a seller's position is why on earth would i ever grant exclusivity and go through the headache of a real diligence process without some meaningful skin in the game from the potential buyer. Also goes a long way to show that the buyer can back up whatever claims they're making regarding their ability to actually finance the transaction. As a buyer, I would love for it not to be market, but as a future seller it's something i personally don't think i'd ever agree to. Would like to understand what I'm missing here in my thinking.